production
Skip to Content

LN3524: STYLISTICS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:30


Course Overview

This course enables students to apply skills of close linguistic analysis to a range of literary texts and genres. Students will explore the ways that different aspects of linguistic structure shape and contribute to readers' interpretations. The core structural elements of phonology, morphology and syntax will be covered; each week, students will discuss a particular text, putting into practice skills of stylistic analysis. We will cover both canonical ‘Literary’ texts and other forms of writing.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr William S. Barras

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The study of Linguistics often focuses on spoken or spontaneous language, or on specific forms of institutional discourse, such as the language used in educational contexts or other professional contexts. However, given that we are surrounded by literary texts, from novels to poetry and drama, it is both interesting and useful to apply precise linguistic analytical approaches to texts from a range of literary genres.

This course will look at how language structure can be used to shape meaning, considering patterns in the phonology, morphology and syntax of texts, and the ways in which these condition readers' interpretations of texts. The course will have three aspects:

1. The methods and theories of stylistics will be introduced, from dialogue to discourse and from metre to metaphor

2. Students will read classic and contemporary essays from the field of stylistics;

3. Each week, students will discuss a particular literary text, putting into practice the skills of stylistic analysis gained on the course up 

    to that point.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Essay to be submitted week afte teaching ends.

Feedback will be provided by tutors in written form through the online coursework submission platform Turnitin. - Within 3 weeks of submission

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandHave a wide-ranging general understanding of way linguistic structure shapes possible readings of a text.
ConceptualUnderstandHave knowledge of specific linguistic techniques and their effects.
ProceduralAnalyseHave developed a set of stylistic analytical ‘tools’ to enable them to identify and analyse the use of linguistic structure in a variety of texts.

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36 Feedback Weeks 39

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will be provided with a comment through the Blackboard platform, as well as oral feedback from the tutor throughout the course if desired.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandHave a wide-ranging general understanding of way linguistic structure shapes possible readings of a text.
ConceptualUnderstandHave knowledge of specific linguistic techniques and their effects.
ProceduralAnalyseHave developed a set of stylistic analytical ‘tools’ to enable them to identify and analyse the use of linguistic structure in a variety of texts.

Textual Analysis

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 36

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

1000- 1500 words

Feedback will be provided by tutors in written form through the online coursework submission platform Turnitin.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseHave developed a set of stylistic analytical ‘tools’ to enable them to identify and analyse the use of linguistic structure in a variety of texts.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Feedback will be provided by tutors in written form through the online coursework submission platform Turnitin.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandHave a wide-ranging general understanding of way linguistic structure shapes possible readings of a text.
ConceptualUnderstandHave knowledge of specific linguistic techniques and their effects.
ProceduralAnalyseHave developed a set of stylistic analytical ‘tools’ to enable them to identify and analyse the use of linguistic structure in a variety of texts.

Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.